Miranda Gindling, IYWS ’12

Miranda Gindling, IYWS ’12

“I grew so much in my time at Iowa, both as a writer and—cheesy as it may be—as a person. The teachers and counselors are truly awe-inspiring writers, but also really fun people to hang out with, and the classes offer an opportunity to try out new writing styles and topics as well as fine-tuning your skills at what you already know. Iowa City is actually an awesome town—the kind of place with literary quotes carved into the sidewalk and at least three used book stores, and the chance to spend time focusing only on my writing led me to produce much more work than I had throughout the rest of the year. However, I think the most meaningful part of the experience for me was the chance to be inspired by my fellow students, both in and out of the classroom. I went in to the Studio terrified of letting anyone, let alone a room of strangers, read my work, but I don’t think I could have learned a fraction as much as I did if I hadn’t listened to my classmates suggestions. As well as being completely brilliant writers, the other students in my session were the most creative, clever, quirky group I have ever met—I know I made some lifelong friends. Between writing a poem based on random lines from the dust-jackets, buying several copies of Brideshead Revisited, sharing work with my roommate, and our bizarre eighties-style prom, I can truthfully say that I had the best two weeks of my life!”